KENNY DALGLISH has backed Neil Lennon to turn around Celtic’s form and deliver a tenth consecutive title. Lennon’s side have been poor this year and sit six points behind Rangers, having played one game less but Dalglish believes he is the right man to lead the side to Scottish footballing history predicting that the club will not be considering replacing the former club captain after three games without a win.
Speaking at a promotional event for the Scottish Cup semi-final, as reported by the Scottish Sun, Dalglish doesn’t think that Celtic are considering replacing the manager.
“Fortunately for everybody I don’t see Celtic being overactive in trying to get rid of anybody.
“They should remember what Lenny did a few years ago and remember what he did since he’s come back. Going into New Year they were trailing Rangers a bit and they sped past them and ran away with the league.
“Lenny is the Celtic manager and deservedly so and I don’t think the Celtic people will be looking in any other direction in any way, shape or form.”
Celtic lost 2-0 to Rangers, 3-1 to AC Milan and then drew with Aberdeen at Pittodrie, leaving them six points behind Rangers in the race for the title. Celtic were without Hatem Abd Elhamed, Christopher Jullien, Vasilis Barkas and Nir Bitton in their defensive ranks whilst Odsonne Edouard continues his recovery from COVID.
“Like everything else, the bad news always gets well publicised rather than the good news, doesn’t it?
“He’s been unlucky, he hasn’t had players available recently but he has a few players coming back for Sunday.”
Dalglish was part of the 9AIR side under Jock Stein in 1974 but fell agonisingly short to Rangers that year. However, King Kenny believes that fans should back the manager as well as saying that Lennon is still the best man for the job, despite criticism levelled at the Irishman’s door.
“I think it’s a wee bit unfair when you consider what he’s done in his four-year spell beforehand and a 77 per cent success rate since he’s come back, trophies, a chance to get to another final, Europa League section winners last year.
“I don’t think he’s done too badly. I wouldn’t underestimate Lenny, I wouldn’t underestimate Celtic.
“They know they have got to get off and running but if they win the Old Firm game at Ibrox, it’s back to square one.”